WASHINGTON, September 19, 2017 — Yesterday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange tweeted:
Trump: I was “wire tapped”
CNN: Haha. That idiot @realDonaldTrump thinks he was wiretapped.
..Six months later..
CNN: Trump was wiretapped
— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) September 19, 2017
Mainstream media gymnastics begin again because, hey, they were wrong, again.
CNN now confirms that they were wrong and Trump was right. Paul Manafort was wiretapped in the Trump Tower.pic.twitter.com/Za6FJZEBoB
— ᖇεɗ ᑭίιι ᖇεѵσιυτίση (@RedPillRe) September 19, 2017
This is one more brick in the “Trump is not the crazy person Liberals want you to believe he is” wall.
#WhatILearnedToday is that some people owe Trump an apology since Trump Tower was wiretapped.
— Christi 🇺🇸 (@greeneyedlucy84) September 19, 2017
Liberals will certainly double down on this because it was not Obama’s fault.
So it looks like Trump Tower was wiretapped all along, but Trump, like always blamed @BarackObama – It was the FBI!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) September 19, 2017
The Washington Post explains it as a nothing-burger:
“There are three elements here: 1) Trump’s “wires” were “tapped”, 2) It happened at Trump Tower, and 3) Obama did it.
“The first part is still unproven. If the CNN report is correct, there is still no indication that Trump himself was targeted by wiretapping; the report leaves open the possibility that a conversation with Trump may have been swept up in the Manafort tap, but we have no indication that it was.
“Even if it was, Trump wasn’t the named target of the wiretap. This would be what’s known as ‘incidental collection.’ You may recall that phrase from the last time the White House claimed some measure of vindication for Trump’s wiretapping claim, when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) disclosed that members of Trump’s transition team were wrapped up in other legal surveillance that wasn’t targeted at them.
“The second part—the Trump Tower part—is also possibly true based on what CNN reported, though again we just don’t know for sure. While Trump himself wasn’t the reported target of the wiretap, Manafort did have an apartment at Trump Tower, so it’s possible that location was, in fact, wiretapped.
“As for the third part, on Obama, Trump’s tweet again seems to claim more than CNN is reporting. FISA warrants require sign-off from top Justice Department and FBI officials, but Trump was suggesting that Obama was personally involved.”
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